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Another Carluccio …Marylebone

Do you like Carluccio's? Good. So do we. Good news, then, to hear that yet another is opening in the capital – yet this one comes with a bonus. Situated on Marylebone's Paddington Street, Carluccio's Italian restaurant – famous for its wonderful range of pastas ( Vongole in Bianco is our favourite), meat dishes and hearty breakfasts (Colazione Magnifica is wonderful) – is opening with a twist. This W1 branch will come – in the authentic Milanese tradition – with its very own Aperitivo Bar. In this elegant, high-stooled area, you can pick up some tasty small-plated dishes, or 'Stuzzichini', […]

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Fat Duck Sweetshop

Remember that ‘kid in a sweet shop’ feeling? Well Heston Blumenthal is recreating it for grown-up gastronomes making online reservations for his The Fat Duck in Bray. The restaurant only has 15 tables and can receive up to 30,000 enquiries a day – hence those three month in advance bookings – but once you’ve secured your spot, Blumenthal has devised a little something to occupy you during your wait. You’ll be sent an invitation leading you to a secret web page where you can take an exclusive animated tour of The Fat Duck menu. The animation itself has been created […]

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Viking Tea at Prism

The best of British meets the best of Icelandic brews at Prism which is serving up Einstök Ölgerd’s Limited-Edition Doppelbock Winter Ale on its Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea Menu. So if you reckon lunch is for wimps, hold out for warm salt beef baguette, homemade Scotch Egg and Rhubarb crumble tart and wash it down with a manly tipple. Einstök is located 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle and brewed from Hlíðarfjall Mountain water that’s washed through prehistoric glaciers and ancient lava fields and has a suitable robust aroma and long mellow finish. Afternoon tea: definitely not just for the girls! […]

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Seven Shades of Pink

If you're keen to know a tad more about wine than you currently do, head to Kensington. For Kensington Place, the renowned D&D London restaurant, is launching '7 Shades of Pink', an event to mark the increasing popularity of Rose in Britain. Wine expert Jamie Wynne-Griffiths will be guiding you throught just which Rose wines go with Dan Loftin (Place's head chef) wonderful tasting dishes. It all kicks off at 6.30pm and is priced at £20 per person. But if for any reason you can't make this event …. why not book yourself in to Jamie's other hosted evenings?  On […]

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Green Goddess

Feeling a little Mojitoed out? Well never fear, Dominic Jacobs, bar manager at Harvey Nichols’ Fifth Floor has created the Matchito, an original and (somewhat) healthier version of your favourite tipple. Matcha is a finely ground green tea that is grown in the shade so it produces more Chlorophyll than other forms of tea and is choc full of antioxidants, fibre and nutrients to boot. However, in his inimitable wisdom, Jacobs has decided that it also goes rather well with  gin – hence the Matchito: Beefeater 24, apple, lime, mint and Tea Pigs Matcha tea. Beats putting vodka in your […]

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Almeida

It’s all taking off at Islington hidden gem, Almeida. It's obviously been taking tips from TV’s PanAM as it's just launched a rather brilliant Trolley of Charcuterie. This tongue-in-cheek twist on the glamour of a Martini trolley will be wheeled up to your table so you can choose exactly what you want from a delicious selection including saucisson sec, rosette, coppa and Bayonne ham, foie gras and chicken liver parfait and rillettes maison.   If you would prefer to sample some Petit Plats at the bar or perhaps in the atmospheric Sunken Room, you can enjoy some sensational small dishes to […]

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Holi at Trishna

Did you know that's it the Hindu Spring Festival of Holi next week? Well if you didn't, Head Chef Karam Sethi of Trishna, the Marylebone village restaurant which specialises in the coastal cuisine of South West India, is welcoming you into its festival-going arms. Between 5th – 11th March, Karam will be celebrating Holi, or in other words, 'the coming of Spring' (traditionally, Indians celebrate the special day by throwing powdered pigment and coloured water at each other and making a beautiful kaleidoscopic mess in public places), by installing a tasting menu for all his customers. There will be 4 […]

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Umami

Remember all the fuss about Umami, the fifth taste? Well although we’re still a little hazy about what it actually is, it seems to have been absorbed into the foodie lexicon as meaning something that is basically ‘dead good’. So we have high hopes for this new South Kensington restaurant of the same name. Cuisine takes its influences from Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Korea and dishes come in two sizes: to taste and to share. Expect grilled and wok-fried dishes like Ped Makham (pan seared duck with tamarind and mange tout) and Ikan Bakar (grilled red snapper in banana leaf […]

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Gone Fishing

Sushi is big business in Brazil and to prove it, launching in March on Lexington Street, is Yoobi, London’s first Brazilian inspired temakeria serving freshly made temaki rolls using high quality natural ingredients from its own rice blend to sustainably-sourced fish and fresh wasabi to locally sourced vegetables. Leading up to the opening, Yoobi is inviting the good people of Soho to play a little game with the chance to win free temaki. The Yoobi site is currently concealed behind a brightly coloured hoarding that hosts a school of black fish, each bearing its own QR code. Just scan them […]

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Truffles in Babylon

If you gave up chocolate for lent and are struggling – would it be sensible to give you something else to look forward to in the meantime? Probably not, but here you go anyway. Head to Babylon at the end of April and you may just find yourself needing to give Truffles up for next year's lent. The eponymous Kensington Roof Garden Restaurant is launching its very own Truffle Menu that week …. running for both lunch and dinner. It will be priced at £55. Be prepared for the famous hidden 'mushroom' to be ensconced into just about every course […]

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The great big fat Fabergé Egg Hunt

If you thought hunting for Easter eggs was just for the kids you evidently haven’t been on a Fabergé egg hunt! Starting today and running for the 40 days and nights up until Easter, 200 Fabergé eggs created by artists, designers, architects and jewellers will go on display across the capital – you just need to find them. But we’ll give you a clue, two gorgeous eggs decorated by Sophie Conran and Rhea Thierstein were installed last night at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel. In fact, Rhea is our new style crush. The artist and set designer […]

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DSTRKT

As a district, we’re got sure that NoHo aka North Soho ever really caught on but the new DSTRKT club, restaurant and bar from Brompton Brands (Whisky Mist, Mahiki, The Brompton Club) and the founders of Buddha Bar and Restaurant in Vienna is an entirely different matter. Head chef George Yaneff (Bazaar Restaurant by José Andrés in Beverly Hills,) and his team have created a menu of contemporary European dishes including Tuna cubes with soy air and avocado and foie gras bon bon, Venison tartar and brown rice crackers with white truffle oil, olives, paprika and quail egg yolk, Seared […]

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